Tightrope Walker

from by Heather Styka

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  • Your very own copy of 'Lifeboats for Atlantis,' nestled in a matte dipipak with slit pocket, lyrics booklet, and original artwork from Heather Styka. And there's an incredibly inviting, hand-drawn, from-another-era map on the inside.

    This comes direct from the artist, packed lovingly with a friendly note and, if desired, the CD can be signed custom to you. Makes a nifty and impressive gift!

    Includes unlimited streaming of Lifeboats for Atlantis via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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Uptempo with guitar, upright bass, brushes on snare. Many of us walk the tightrope in the act of performance, in seeking balance, in pursuing an art form purely for the love of it.


Tightrope Walker

I wanna be a tightrope walker / Take everything in my stride / Wanna show myself what I can do if I really try / Wanna overcome the sickness / that makes us all think that we can’t / Wanna overcome the weakness that makes me think I can’t balance without holding your hand // CHORUS: There’s no reason to be afraid / It’s not a long fall down / and falling’s not so bad once you learn how / Everyone will think I’m walking with such grace and ease / If they walked behind me they’d see / the wobble in my knees, my shaking hands // I wanna be a tightrope walker / until every step is sure / Practice till I’m walking in my dreams and I don’t believe in worry anymore / I believe in the moon / I believe in the stars / They’re made of the same things that we are / so balance can’t be all that hard // CHORUS // I wanna be a tightrope walker / though it’s been done before /and the world has seen enough circuses / and doesn’t need any more / and even if the big top folds / I’ll do it in my own backyard / with all my neighbors sitting on the patio / wondering if tightrope walking is hard // CHORUS


from Lifeboats for Atlantis, released October 4, 2011
Heather Styka - vocals, guitar
Greg Nergaard - upright bass
Joel Styzens - percussion/snare



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Heather Styka Chicago, Illinois

Though rooted in folk and Americana, Chicago singer-songwriter Heather Styka's songs are as fresh as they are memorable, chronicling the human cycles of despair and redemption, and analyzing the importance of places and relationships. Touring nationwide and having received airplay globally, Styka is a familiar face in the Chicago music scene, at venues including Schubas and the Old Town School. ... more

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